These days rookie United States Senator and presumptive 2008 Democrat presidential nominee Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. is telling people that he's a Christian (but no longer a member of Rev. Jeremiah A. "God damn America" Wright, Jr.'s Trinity United Church of Christ), he's all white on his late atheist Kansan mother's side and he's all African on his late Muslim/atheist Kenyan father's side.
But Obama's not letting on that he's predominantly Arab African on his late father's side or putting his Muslim relatives front and center.
To the contrary, Team Obama has even taken to dissing respectable Muslim women for dresssing like...respectable Muslim women.
Don't tell a priest not to wear a Roman collar, a rabbi not to wear a yamulka or a Muslim woman not to wear a head scarf.
The fear that viewers would simultaneously see Obama and women wearing "Muslim" attire resulted in a problem for the Obama campaign and it certainly should have.
Recently Hebba Aref and Shimaa Abdelfadeel were refused seats directly behind Obama — and in front of TV cameras — at a Detroit rally because they were wearing head scarfs.
These ladies were among 20,000 Obama supporters who gathered to see Obama at an arena when the groups they were with were separately invited by Obama campaign volunteers to sit behind the podium.
No Muslim women wearing head scarves need apply!
Obama volunteers told members of both parties in separate discussions that women wearing hijabs, the traditional Muslim head scarves, weren't included in the invitation and couldn't sit behind the podium.
The ladies were NOT amused, or docile.
Aref, a 25-year-old lawyer, said a member of her group was told by a volunteer that she could not invite Aref because of "a sensitive political climate."
If anyone thinks these were crazed volunteers doing their own thing, they don't know how the Obama campaign has been run.
Aref publicly complained, making for a much more sensitive political climate.
Obama spokesman Bill Burton quickly issued a statement not only saying that such actions are "not the policy of the campaign," but claiming that they are "offensive and counter to Obama's commitment to bring Americans together and simply not the kind of campaign we run."
It's not OFFICIAL policy, of course.
Aref replied by thanking Burton, but requested Obama apologize directly to her and Abdelfadeel, plus invitations to sit behind him at a future campaign event.
Maybe they could sit with Rev. Jeremiah A. "God damn America" Wright, Jr. and Father Michael "Hillary Clinton is a presumptuous white woman" Pfleger!
Obama "needs to take the matter seriously and send a strong message against any kind of discrimination," Aref said.
Aref: " I was obviously...profiled and discriminated....'"
But, in fairness to the Obama campaign, the presidency of the United States is at stake and the sight of Obama with obviously Muslim women might prompt people to investigate his Kenyan roots and his ties to Kenyan Prime Minister and Obama cousin Raila Odinga.
If that happens before the 2008 Democrat National Convention, folks will realize that Hillary had more than one thought in mind when she suspended instead of ended her presidential campaign.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.